Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your social media feed, daydreaming about beaches and mountains and being inspired by a travel blogger having an amazing adventure?  Exploring exotic (or nonexotic) places doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you certainly don’t need to win the lottery to travel the world. Start to plan your vacation on a budget. 

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your journey.

     

1. Think location, location, location

There is no point finding a cheap hotel if it is miles out of town and you have to pay extra in transportation costs.

Think about staying in a central area, close to public transportation and local attractions. Then you have the ability to get out and walk to most things versus having to worry about taking a cab or a 45-minute train ride. 

This will help you save money while traveling and save on time!

      

2. Stay more than 1 night in your accommodation

Many accommodation providers offer their best deals when you stay more than one night. You see this with hotels or even Airbnb. Especially if you are traveling offseason this is definitely something to think about. 

      

3. Stay over Sunday

Friday and Saturday night hotel reservations are usually booked by people traveling for leisure purposes, while Monday to Friday bookings are more from business travelers. This means that there is usually there can be a void on Sunday nights meaning possible cheap accommodation.

      

4. Stay mid-week

In certain locations like Las Vegas, avoiding the peak Friday and Saturday night periods is a strategic way to find cheap hotel accommodation. You have probably seen this yourself where you try and go away for the weekend and notice that prices are very expensive Friday and Saturday night but then during the week they seem to be much cheaper. 

Prices can rise double or even triple for people that book on a weekend, so try and see if you can travel that Sunday to Tuesday or during the middle of the week. 

        

5. Travel in the shoulder-season

Are hotels cheaper in different seasons? Of course!

One of the obvious tips on how to find a cheap place to stay is by traveling in the off-season, this means traveling in the time period between the peak and off-peak season.

Accommodation costs will be much lower, and the weather can still be good depending on where you are going. And a big positive? You get to avoid the big crowds of tourists making it easier for you to sightsee the city that you are in.  For example, when visiting Europe consider going in May or September and avoid the July/August summer peak season.

This is also the best way to save money on flights and car rental. Win-win!

Renata Sandor
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Renata Sandor is a Marketing Specialist and has a Masters degree in PR and Advertising from DePaul University. She has a passion for traveling around the world and trying new things.

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